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Murder, Inc. (1960)

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The rise and fall of a 1930's Brooklyn crime syndicate, known as Murder Incorporated, led by mobster Lepke Buchalter.

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Irve Tunick (screenplay), Mel Barr (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Stuart Whitman ... Joey Collins
May Britt ... Eadie Collins
Henry Morgan ... Burton Turkus
Peter Falk ... Abe Reles
David J. Stewart David J. Stewart ... Louis 'Lepke' Buchalter
Simon Oakland ... Det. Sgt. William Tobin
Sarah Vaughan ... Singer
Morey Amsterdam ... Walter Sage
Eli Mintz ... Joe Rosen
Joseph Bernard Joseph Bernard ... Mendy Weiss
Warren Finnerty ... Bug Workman
Vincent Gardenia ... Lazlo
Helen Waters Helen Waters ... Mrs. Corsi
Leon B. Stevens Leon B. Stevens ... Loughran
Howard Smith ... Albert Anastasia (as Howard I. Smith)
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Storyline

Based on the true-life book of lawman Burton Turkus, this movie chronicles the rise and fall of the organized crime syndicate known as Murder, Incorporated. Focusing on powerful boss Lepke and violent hitman Reles. Written by Ken Yousten <kyousten@bev.net>

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From the Bullet-Riddled Pages of the Best Seller Comes the True Story! See more »


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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

14 October 1960 (West Germany) See more »

Also Known As:

Asesinato S.A. See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (FMC Library Print)

Sound Mix:

Mono | Mono (Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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The feature film debut of Sylvia Miles. See more »

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Several times throughout the movie, the filmmakers apparently forgot that the setting of the drama was the 1930's (and early 1940's). From haircuts and clothing styles to the 1950's era hoodlums that Simon Oakland's character tangles with Rose's place, there are countless mistakes which reveal when the film was shot (vs. when the drama was supposed to take place). Women's hairstyles and fashions are continuously and conspicuously 1960 throughout. Primary cars stay more or less within the era, with a few notable exceptions, but here are frequently more modern, post-WWII era cars in the background. See more »

Quotes

Abe "Kid Twist" Reles: I'm gonna tell you something about women. I never met one that didn't need a rap in the head, and often.
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The Awakening
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Peter Falk 11 years before Columbo
23 June 2007 | by lastliberalSee all my reviews

10 years before Peter Falk racked up a trunk-load of Emmy's and many more nominations for his his work as Columbo, he had two roles that would stand out in the film world. One was Pocketful of Miracles in 1961, and the other was this film the year before.

His performance as the contract killer Abe 'Kid Twist' Reles is the best thing about the true-life mob story. While most of the other characters just seem to float through the movie, he was intense ans you could see the promise that would lie ahead for him.

Stuart Whitman, who would get his only Oscar nomination a year later, was also good as Joey, who got caught up in the rackets. May Britt, who would leave the movies to marry Sammy Davis, Jr., was also very good as Joey's wife.

The movie seems more like a documentary when it is not focused on these three characters. As an added bonus, you get to see the legendary Sarah Vaughan in the movie.


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